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Rent arrears fact sheet

 

For more information about how to deal with rent arrears, see our detailed Rent arrears - private tenant fact sheet.

This fact sheet will give you practical information and advice if you are behind on your rent. It will explain your options, and the processes your landlord must follow.

Use this fact sheet to:

  • work out what kind of tenancy you have;
  • find out if there is any help you can get with your rent;
  • help you negotiate with your landlord; and
  • get advice about dealing with tribunal action.

This fact sheet also includes some useful contacts and links for you to get further help.

It is very important to check exactly what sort of tenancy agreement you have. It can be a lot easier for a landlord to evict you from your home if you have a private residential tenancy.

In some cases, the tribunal can choose whether it is reasonable to make you leave your home. In other cases, the tribunal must order you to leave.

Assured and short assured tenancies

If your landlord goes to tribunal and you still have at least three months' worth of rent arrears on the date of the hearing, the tribunal cannot allow you to make an arrangement to pay the arrears and it has to let your landlord evict you.

If you have a short assured tenancy, your landlord can ask you to leave at the end of the tenancy term as long as they follow the correct procedures. Contact us for advice.

Private residential tenancy

If your landlord goes to tribunal and you have had rent arrears for three months or more in a row, and you owe a month's worth of rent on the day of the hearing, the tribunal cannot allow you to make an arrangement to pay the arrears and it has to let your landlord evict you. Contact us for advice.